Introduction to Moorambilla Voices

Congratulations. You have been selected to participate in the 2019 Moorambilla Voices Program.

Thank you for participating in the Skills Development Workshop. Since 2006 Artistic Director, Michelle Leonard OAM, has delivered the workshop to over 25,000 students in the North West of NSW.

We are extremely happy to present you with this offer as a First Round Candidate. You were chosen on merit from your school for the Moorambilla Voices Program.

Moorambilla Voices is a nationally-awarded program that seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. The friendships the children make, and the incredible experiences they have along the way, are life-changing beyond the performances themselves. Under Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM, the annual program of performances and tours has flourished, receiving numerous national and state awards.
Each year over 300 students attend a camp where they dance, sing, compose, paint, weave, play drums and learn about the cultural traditions and stories of their landscape. This is delivered in partnership with the highest quality professional musicians, performers, composers, choreographers and visual artists including Taikoz, & Song Company.
Children participate from the areas and towns of Brewarrina (Angledool, Goodooga); Bogan (Nyngan); Bourke (Byrock, Wanaaring); Cobar (Nymagee, Mount Hope, Euabalong); Coonamble (Gulargambone, Quambone); Dubbo (Brocklehurst, Wongarbon, Geurie, Maryvale, Mumbil, Yeova); Gilgandra; Narromine (Trangie, Tomingley); Walgett (Lightning Ridge, Collarenabri, Pilliga, Comebychance); Warrumbungle (Binaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Baradine, Mendooran); Warren (Nevertire); Wellington, areas of Tamworth, Orange and children from Queensland & Western Australia.

Moorambilla Voices has won several awards:
a) 2017 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award: Award for Excellence in Education.
b) 2016 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award: Award for Excellence in a Regional Area.
c) 2015 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award: Excellence in Music Education: NSW
d) 2013 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award: Excellence in Music Education: NSW
e) 2011 NSW Trade and Investment Event and Tourism Award for Moorambilla Festival
f) 2011 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award: Inaugural NSW State Award for Excellence for an Organisation

Moorambilla Voices: Quick Facts

  • Covers one third of NSW in the north-west region – an area designated rural, regional and remote;
  • Involves around 3,500 children annually from years 3-11 in skills workshops from approximately 126 schools across the region including Distance Education Schools;
  • Has three regional choirs – Regional Boys and Regional Girls from primary school and MAXed OUT Company for high schools;
  • Invites all children to participate with a strong core value of equity of access and equity of opportunity for all children, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike;
  • Over one third of participants are Indigenous;
    Has high artistic values in singing, dance and performance;
  • Has been honoured by awards for community cultural development, art music development and contribution to tourism for the region;
    Has a development program for Youth Leaders and Regional Artists, who grow through the program as it has evolved.